CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Shire Notices and Government Updates

COVIDSafe Tracing App

A new app has been developed by the Government to trace positive and potential COVID-19 cases.

Downloading the app is voluntary, but highly recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. The app's success is based on how many Australians use it.

The app works by using Bluetooth on your smart phone to log who you have been in close contact with, and will alert you if you have come into contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 (if they are also using the app).

The information is stored locally on your phone and only accessible by State and Territory Health Officials. Most personal information is not required by the app, only names, phone numbers, post codes etc.

It can be found on the App Store for iPhone and on Google Play for Android. Search for 'COVIDSafe'.

BELOW is the most recent updates recieved from the relevant Government Departments. While this page is updated often, updates are happening constantly and may have changed from the below. The Shire of Wyalkatchem staff are monitoring the situation as much and closely as possible to bring you updates as soon as they happen. Thank you for your co-operation during this difficult time.

COVID-19

Updates - 6 July 2020
Posted 06 July 2020 Updates - 6 July 2020

Phase 5 expected to take place Saturday 18 July All restrictions are to be removed, except for the WA hard border. Events and festivals can occur with no limit on ca Travelling can now occur all over WA without restrictions. Whilst you will be allowed to do as you please, it is recommended you stay vigilant. Stay home when sick, visit your doctor and encourage others to do the same!

Updates - 22 June 2020
Posted 22 June 2020 Updates - 22 June 2020

Phase 4 to take place Saturday 27 June All gathering limits and the 100 person rule will be removed. Gathering limits will now only be determined by WA's 2spm capacity rule. Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises, meaning you can now stand to be served alcohol instead of having to be seated. Phase 5 is expected to take place on Saturday 18 July, and will include removing all state restrictions, except the hard border with the eastern states.

Updates - 29 May 2020
Posted 29 May 2020 Updates - 29 May 2020

Phase Three to take place Saturday 6 June The next phase for the easing of restrictions in Western Australia will begin Saturday 6 June. Firstly, limits for non-work gatherings will increase to 100 people, with up to 300 people in some settings. This will mean that businesses can have up to 100 patrons within each undivided space, and up to 300 where they have multiple, divided spaces.

Updates - 25 May 2020
Posted 25 May 2020 Updates - 25 May 2020

Border Restrictions Update From Friday 29 May 2020, all regions of Western Australia will be reopened except for those under Commonwealth Biosecurity Area restrictions. This means travel will be permitted between the Pilbara, Gascoyne, North-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt Great Southern, South West, Peel and Perth. The Kimberly and other Biosecurity Areas are currently subject to a different set of restrictions, and will reopen at a later time.

Updates - 14 May 2020
Posted 14 May 2020 Updates - 14 May 2020

Students to Return to School As of Monday 18 May 2020, school aged students are required to return to school. Students who do not return to school without good reason will not be supported with packages and the abscence will be marked as unauthorised.

Updates - 10 May 2020
Posted 10 May 2020 Updates - 10 May 2020

Further Restrictions Relaxed - 3 Phase Plan Premier Mark McGowan has announced the Three Phase plan to start easing COVID-19 related restrictions. Phase One is already in place, with gatherings raised to 10 people, schools re-opened etc. Phase Two will take place from Monday 18th May 2020.

Updates - 27 April 2020
Posted 27 April 2020 Updates - 27 April 2020

Gathering Restrictions Relaxed As of 27 April 2020, the two person limit on non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings has been adjusted, with the limit rising to 10 people. All people present must still adhere to the 1.5m social distancing rule. Additionally, the list of acceptable activities to do away from home has been expanded slightly. You should still practice social distancing and stay home except for:

Updates - 17 April 2020
Posted 17 April 2020 Updates - 17 April 2020

The Plan For Schools Term 2 From Wednesday 29 April: 1. Schools will be open for parents and carers who choose to send their children. Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend school in person, given the critical stage they are at in their schooling.

Updates - 6 April 2020
Posted 06 April 2020 Updates - 6 April 2020

From Premier Mark McGowan - WA Border Now CLOSED "This is something I never imagined that I would have to say. It has never happened before. I sincerely hope it will never need to happen again. But right now, it is necessary to protect the people of our State...

Updates - 2 April 2020
Posted 02 April 2020 Updates - 2 April 2020

From Premier Mark McGowan - Closing of the WA Border "The number of new cases in Western Australia continues to be very encouraging, and shows that the measures we have taken so far are starting to have a positive impact. But we cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal. The health pandemic is here in Western Australia, and unfortunately it won’t be leaving any time soon. But if we follow the advice, abide by the new rules and practice good social distancing, we can take a different direction to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. Western Australia is in a unique position - our isolation is now our best defence...

Updates - 1 April 2020
Posted 01 April 2020 Updates - 1 April 2020

From Premier Mark McGowan - Closing of the WA Regions "Overnight, at midnight, the restrictions over travel between regions within Western Australia came into effect. All non-essential travel within Western Australia must now stop. I wish that 2020 could have been another landmark year for Western Australian tourism, but sadly that is not to be. These measures were unthinkable just a few weeks ago, but sadly they are a step we have to take to protect Western Australians from the COVID-19 threat. Unless you fit an exempt category, you will now not be able to leave whatever region of Western Australia you live in. To be clear, those regions are: the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West. Due to their proximity and interconnected nature, Perth and Peel will be treated as one region...

Updates - 30 March 2020
Posted 30 March 2020 Updates - 30 March 2020

From Premier Mark McGowan - Lotterywest Grant Assistance "Lotterywest has always helped community and not for profit organisations, help our community. Right now, during this pandemic, that's not going to stop. Together, we've established a $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship. An initial $59 million will be available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not for-profit and community organisations. It will assist with costs related to increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs...

Updates - 29 March 2020
Posted 29 March 2020 Updates - 29 March 2020

From Premier Mark McGowan - New Measures to Enforce Social Distancing and Self-Isolation "We are at war against COVID-19- and two of our most effective weapons are self-isolation and social distancing. Both of these cut the opportunities for the virus to be spread, slowing down the number of new cases, and letting our health system keep up. I’m pleased to say, the vast majority of West Australians are doing the right thing, and respecting the restrictions that we’ve regrettably had to put in place. But unfortunately not everyone does, or will.Western Australians need to know that we will enforce the law, as required...

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